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Iron Man, Robosapien and More Robot Toys Your Kids Will Love
Robot toys are hot, thanks to the success of movies such as Iron Man, Star Wars, Toy Story, and Wall-e, and to innovative products such as Wow-Wee Robosapien and others. This high-tech toys can move and react to voice commands or commands from a remote control. Robotic toys are cool! Here are some of the top RC robots and related robotic toys.
(Photo by Lisa Howard)
Everyone Loves Robots!
From "Danger, Will Robinson" to Robosapien
Both kids and adults have been fascinated by robots for years. When I was a kid, we used to watch reruns of "Lost in Space," a 1960s scifi TV series about a family exploring space along with The Robot. The Robot's catchphrase, "Danger, Will Robinson!" became a part of popular culture that is still.
Today's kids are still enthralled by robots, but the amazing robotic creations available in stores today are far more advanced than those available even a few years ago. They can walk, talk, dance and even follow voice commands. If you have kids who are enchanted by robotic toys, here are a few they're sure to enjoy.
(Photo of The Robot from "Lost in Space" by Gryffindor and provided by Wikipedia)
Remote Control R2-D2 - An interactive droid from the movies
R2-D2 and his sidekick C3PO may be some of the best known and most loved droids of all time. Virtually every child will recognize the blue-and-white droid from Star Wars. This R2-D2 robot is controlled by voice and can follow 40 commands, as well as play interactive games and serve as a room alarm. Oh, and if you need a drink, he comes complete with an Intergalactic beverage holder. What more could you want in a droid?
Amazon says: Newly programmed at our ultra-modern factory, this state-of-the-art R2 series astromech droid unit is ready to obey your commands. Grab his attention by saying "Hey, R2" and he's ready for more than 40 voice commands. Ask him if he remembers his famous friends, like Luke Skywalker, C-3PO or Jabba the Hutt. Each name will stir up a different response depending on R2's "feelings" for that character. Just a few of R2's amazing attributes include moving along on his own, turning his front beam on and off, and even playing a secret message when you follow the proper voice commands. In "Game" mode, R2 plays multiple games and spins, dances and plays music. He even guards your room with his sentry alarm.
Ultimate Buzz Lightyear Robot - Robot Buzz responds to voice commands
Disney fans will immediately recognize the popular Space Ranger from the "Toy Story" movies. This robotic Buzz Lightyear with voice command responds to phrases such as Space Ranger, Fire Laser, Salute, Star Command and You'e a Toy. He can also turn his head, move his arms and legs, blink his eyes and more.
He responds to several phrases and can turn his head, play back movement of his arms and legs, blink his eyes and more.
Ultimate Buzz is 16" tall and is packed with amazing features! His 7 powerful motors launch Buzz into action! He's a walking, talking, animated Buzz Lightyear! With Voice Command, Buzz responds to the phrases Space Ranger, Fire Laser, Salute, Star Command and You'e a Toy! His personality comes through when his eyes blink, head turns and his lips move when he speaks! Is Buzz a Space Ranger or a toy? With Voice Command, play with Buzz in Space Ranger mode or Toy mode for different voice payoffs. Experience his laser firing action with light and sound effects! He even talks into his flip-open communicator. Check out Buzz's programmable puppeteer technology! Move or pose Buzz and he will record and play back movements of his arms and legs. Use the wireless, infrared remote control to play an interactive target game with Buzz, control his movements forward, in reverse and turning. Excellent entertainment for children ages 8 and up.
LEGO Mindstorm NXT - Put him together and then see what he can do
It's hard to call anything with this price tag a "toy" for kids, but if you've got teens who enjoy building, LEGO's Mindstorm NXT will keep them busy for hours. And they might learn something, too!
Product description: Sure, Mindstorms NXT is a toy, but it is an important toy, like a piano or a chemistry set. It's one of those items that engages an imagination and possibly opens doors to new interests. Since our future is surely to be shared with robots--it's already started happening, just look at Roomba--those robots will need, at least initially, humans to program and maintain them. Those people, years from now, will likely remember their experiences with Lego Mindstorms.
Iron Man Walking RC Robot - You can control Iron Man
Iron Man isn't a robot because there's a human inside the suit, but kids will love robotic toys featuring the popular character.
This is sure to be on many children's wish lists for Christmas or birthdays this year. This remote control Iron Man comes with lights and sounds really walks and fires missiles when you command him with the remote control
WowWee Robosapien V2 - The new, cooler version of the original remote-controlled robot
The first Robosapien was so popular, it spawned a second version, as well as other spin-offs. Both kids and adults loved making the remote-control robot dance, walk, pick up objects and move around. But V2 is even cooler - and more human. This guy's now got four different walking gaits, the ability to turn his head like us mere mortals, and a fondness for bowling. He will even interact with people and other WowWee robots like Roboraptor or Robopet.
The original Robosapien was an immediate hit with kids and adults who loved making the remote control robot dance, walk, pick up objects and move around. But V2 is even cooler - and more human. This guy's now got four different walking gaits, the ability to turn his head like us mere mortals, and a fondness for bowling. He also comes with infrared vision and touch sensors to avoid objects, and hearing sensors to help him detect people in his proximity. He will even interact with people and other WowWee robots like Roboraptor or Robopet. They just don't make robots any cooler than this, which is why these continue to be favorities for all ages.
Watch RoboSapien Bowl - Who knew robots enjoyed bowling??
Here's an example of some things the RoboSapien V2 robot can do.
Robotic Pets - You'll never have to feed them!
In case you're allergic to real dogs or cats or would simply prefer a pet you can leave alone when you want to go on a week-long vacation, these robotic creatures may be just want you want. They walk and move their heads and tails, and each one has a few unique features to make them fun for the kids (and adults!).
Tekno Kitty purrs when you pet her and even comes with her own robotic toys - a fish and a mouse.
Tekno Pony loves to eat his apple and be brushed. He makes pony sounds and has color-changing eyes.
He's got the same great features as the original Tekno Puppy, but this is your purebred pedigreed pooch.
More RC Robot Toys - Robots for all ages
The toys listed above and popular, but they're certainly not the only options on the market. Here are some other choices you might enjoy.
Robot Movies - Complement the toys with a robot movie on DVD
Wall-e was the top robot movie of 2008, but there are some earlier movies featuring robots that all kids can still enjoy, and these are great stocking stuffers to give along with robot toys. Flicks such as Robots and Iron Giant were both popular when released and are still available on DVD. (See below.) Other movies that are OK for older kids and which feature robots include the 1998 movie Lost in Space, based on the 1960s TV series, and, of course, the entire Star Wars series featuring everyone's favorite robots, R2D2 and C3PO.
Iron Giant DVD - A movie for all ages
I've lost track of how many times I've seen this movie with my son and daughter, but I still don't mind when they watch it. "Iron Giant" is a wonderful story of a robot befriended by a young boy who then tries to hide his huge new friend from his mom and a government agent. It's got some great messages for kids and adults alike. A definite two thumbs up for any robot-lover.
Features the voices of Jennifer Aniston and Harry Connick Jr.
Robots the Movie DVD - Starring Robin Williams
This is a fun movie for kids featuring the voice talents of Robin Williams and Halle Berry and some wild and wacky computer-animated robots.
Robotic Toys - Find more option on eBay
eBay is a great place to look for robotic toys and gifts, especially classic and vintage robots, and they often have things that you won't find at the local store.